C-! That’s the current score for our country’s infrastructure. With critical projects on the list in every state, a large federal investment continues to be anticipated. Major commitments to construction of public transit and bridges are pending.
As lawmakers continue on the long and winding road to national spending agreements, experts remind us that infrastructure weaknesses impact all of us every day—and come at a cost. With agreements making their way through the government, Construction Dive reports:
Tom Smith, executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers, commended the much-needed bipartisan agreement. The ASCE gave the U.S.’s infrastructure a C- in its 2021 report card, indicating the nation’s aging framework is not up to snuff. Additionally, 171.5 million vehicles cross over 45,000 structurally deficient U.S. bridges in poor condition every day, according to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.
That poor infrastructure impacts both business and citizens. Households in the U.S. continue to lose $3,300 a year due to aging infrastructure, Smith said, and businesses know that solid infrastructure lays the foundation to be competitive in a global economy.
So what’s on the docket for federal attention? Anticipated commitments include: Bridge repair, airport maintenance and modernization, port infrastructure, transportation safety, community reconnection, electrhigh speedic vehicles, clean drinking water and high-speed internet expansion to more Americans.
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